Bounce Book Summary – March 2022

Author: Matthew Syed

Short Summary
Bounce Book (2010), written by table tennis champion Mathew Syed reveals the secret to success in every field of life, especially sports. Moreover, the book makes us realize the importance of practice in order to achieve goals.
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Detailed Summary

Bounce Book is written by Mathew Syed who is a UK table tennis champion. According to him, we succeed in our lives not because we are talented or lucky. But he thinks that we can learn a lot of things from our mentors and teachers and develop any skill that we want. We have the power to develop skills and there is no such thing as natural-born talent. Be the driver of your own car of life. Not only luck is important hard work also paves the way to success and the combination of luck and hard work unlocks the door to success.

Moreover, the author has highlighted the importance of practice and there is no doubt that practice actually makes a man perfect. He says that the people who practice with patience become successful. 

Bounce Book Key Points

Recipe of learning

The book has described the recipe of learning which has four ingredients I.e growth mindset, motive, practice, and opportunity.

  • A “Growth Mindset” instills in us a passion for learning as well as the ability to bounce back from setbacks. The book also describes the types of mindsets I.e fixed and growth. For learning people either adopt one of two mindsets. Whereas people with a fixed mindset feel that their basic attributes, such as intelligence or talent, are fixed traits. Instead of growing their brains or talent, they waste their time documenting it. They believe that talent, rather than effort, is what leads to success.
  • The second ingredient to learning is Motive. Once kindled, an “Internal Motive” creates the aim and maintains drive and motivation.
  • Then Practice which is very important. The core of ability is “Purposeful Practice” with sufficient amount, quality, and feedback. “The ten-year/thousand-hour rule” applies to quantity. Quality: Practice should be demanding at all times. It is not improving if something feels simple or automatic (e.g., driving to work). Feedback: “If you don’t know what you are doing incorrectly, you can never know what you are doing right”.
  • Last but not the least is opportunity. “Good Luck” in Where, When, What, Who and How separates the top 10% from the top 10.

Talent is overrated, Practice is important

The author says that talent is overrated in order to achieve our goals. It’s the practice that helps us in achieving our goals, not talent and not even age. To advocate this, he has given the example of Mozart in his book.

Mozart was just like any other kid! Because we compare him to the wrong set of individuals, we conceive of him as someone special – a kid prodigy. Specifically, children! Mozart, on the other hand, was only a child in terms of age. He was an adult in terms of musical ability. That is someone who has spent almost 3,500 hours practicing the piano.

This gives us a lesson that when you compare him to someone twice his age who has spent the same amount of time practicing, you’ll notice that his technique isn’t quite as good.

The book also teaches us that we get motivated by people. We are motivated by a variety of things, and the best part is that some of them are even insignificant. That something, for Mia Hamm, was her coach instructing her to “turn on.” Se-ri Pak, a 20-year-old South Korean golfer, won the US Open at the age of 20. And, in a simple experiment, it was sharing a birthday with someone who had completed the assignment they were about to complete. Simply convince yourself that you can accomplish it. Moreover, not just motivation but “inspiration by connection.” The author claims that finding even the tiniest resemblance between someone successful and ourselves can encourage us to double down on our efforts.

How to avoid choking under pressure

The author says that sometimes over-confidence leads to less practice and a greater risk of failure later on. That’s what happens to a lot of today’s overexposed Mozarts who choked on stage.

According to him, this has another that our brain is continuously working on two levels: implicitly and explicitly. The former is an automated method of doing things, whereas the latter is a deliberate effort. Mental processes transfer from your explicit to your implicit brain as a result of deliberate practice. Pressure and a lack of confidence, on the other hand, push them back. And it isn’t going to help at all.

 Now the question is how to avoid it?

Hold on we have a solution!

You can overcome performance anxiety by convincing yourself that it isn’t such a big deal and that the event is unimportant to you. Is it really that important whether you win or lose the Super Bowl in comparison to your health, family, spouse, or best friends? This will relieve stress and allow you to use your hard-earned abilities.

Who would I recommend Bounce Book to?

Bounce Book is recommended to those who get nervous in front of a crowd or get panic attacks before delivering a school presentation. Moreover, the book is recommended to those who degrade themselves by thinking they are not lucky enough to achieve any goals and don’t believe in the power of practice.

Link: https://amzn.to/3S8vW4v